A 39-year-old member asked:
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does the appendix serve any purpose in the body?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
May be: A physiologic role for appendix has not been determined. It may serve as a source of lymphocytes if other sites were to get selectively depleted, may be.
Answered on Jul 28, 2012
Dr. Barry Kahn
30 years experience Pathology
No to my knowledge: I do not believe that there is a well accepted purpose for the appendix. It is possible that evolutionarily there may once have been a purpose.
Answered on Feb 19, 2015
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Immune system?: Researchers believe that the appendix does serve a function as part of the immune system. Others feel that the appendix is a vestigial organ, once used as part of digestive process.
Answered on Nov 21, 2014

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